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Serpent's Kiss (Witches of East End Series #2)
     

Serpent's Kiss (Witches of East End Series #2)

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by Melissa de la Cruz
 

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The intriguing Beauchamp family, introduced in the New York Times bestselling Witches of East End, returns in Serpent's Kiss, with dizzying plot twists and spellbinding magic.

Joanna and her daughters, bookish Ingrid and wild-child Freya, are just settling into the newfound peace that has been cast over their small, off-the map town of North

Overview

The intriguing Beauchamp family, introduced in the New York Times bestselling Witches of East End, returns in Serpent's Kiss, with dizzying plot twists and spellbinding magic.

Joanna and her daughters, bookish Ingrid and wild-child Freya, are just settling into the newfound peace that has been cast over their small, off-the map town of North Hampton. With the centuries-old restriction against practicing magic lifted, casting spells, mixing potions, and curing troubled souls has never felt so good for the three witches. That is, until everything gets turned upside down—from Joanna's organized kitchen to Ingrid's previously nonexistent love life to Freya's once unshakeable faith in her sexy soul mate, Killian Gardiner.

When Freya's twin brother, Freddie, suddenly returns, escaped from Limbo and professing innocence on a long-ago crime, Freya should be ecstatic. The golden boy can do no wrong. Or can he? Freddie blames no other than her fiancé Killian for his downfall, and enlists Freya's help to prove it. Now Freya doesn't know who to believe or trust.

And for the first time in—well, forever, really—Ingrid is also busy in love. Matt Noble, the handsome and charming police detective, has won her heart. But can romance work between a virgin witch and a mortal who doesn't believe in magic? Things get even more complicated when it appears Ingrid is harboring the prime suspects in Matt's police investigation.

To add to the chaos, a dead spirit is attempting to make contact with Joanna—but does it mean to bring harm or help? Joanna asks her sort-of ex-husband Norman to help figure it out, only to accidentally invite him to a Thanksgiving dinner with a dapper gentleman she's recently begun dating.

As the witches pull together to discover the serpent within their midst and the culprit behind Freddie's imprisonment, everything is thrown into peril. Will the discovery come too late to save those they love most?

Melissa de la Cruz weaves all this and more in a blockbuster sequel that is not to be missed by her fans, and one that is sure to enchant new readers of the series.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This minimally engaging sequel suffers from middle-child syndrome. The cast and all their problems carry on from the bestselling first installment, Witches of East End. At the center are two sisters and Joanna, their mother—three witches who live in the charmed town of North Hampton at the end of Long Island. All three are romantically beset: Joanna is torn between her ex-husband and a new beau; librarian Ingrid, the older, is nervous about her first real relationship; and wild child Freya is forced to doubt the man she madly loves. It doesn’t help that an errant band of pixies and a trouble-prone brother with a missing trident are stirring up more supernatural strife. Dependent for its tension on the first installment, this chapter merely drifts along on leftover steam. The characters are stylized but lively, and moments like a trip in time to the witch-hunting 17th century are tantalizing. Not helping matters is the fact that these characters are immortal Norse gods, an original conceit that lends an air of unimportance to the proceedings; to an immortal, what’s a 50-year marriage, or even a 5,000-year stint in limbo, in the grand scheme of things? Agent: Richard Abate, 3 Arts Entertainment. (June)
From the Publisher
Praise for the Witches of East End series:"

Move over, zombies, vampires, and werewolves, and make way for witches a juicy new franchise."—Entertainment Weekly

Praise for the Witches of East End series:"

A bubbling cauldron of mystery and romance."—People

Praise for the Witches of East End series:"

A magical and romantic page-turner."—Washington Post

Praise for the Witches of East End series:"

[De la Cruz] lets her repressed sorceresses rip."—New York Times

Praise for the Witches of East End series:"

This tale of powerful women mixes mystery, a battle of good versus evil and a dash of Norse mythology into a page-turning parable of inner strength."—Self

Praise for the Witches of East End series:"

[I]ntrigue, mystery, and plenty of romance."—MTV.com

Praise for the Witches of East End series:"

Casts a spell."—Los Angeles Times

Praise for the Witches of East End series:"

Fans of the New York Times bestselling YA author (Blue Bloods series) will be delighted with the next entry in her new adult series (after Witches of East End). A compelling tale of powerful magic, romance, betrayal, and suspense."—Jennifer Anderson, Texas A&M University Library

Entertainment Weekly
Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"Move over, zombies, vampires, and werewolves, and make way for witches a juicy new franchise."

New York Times
Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"[De la Cruz] lets her repressed sorceresses rip."

Washington Post
Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"A magical and romantic page-turner."

Los Angeles Times
Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"Casts a spell."

Self
Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"This tale of powerful women mixes mystery, a battle of good versus evil and a dash of Norse mythology into a page-turning parable of inner strength."

People
Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"A bubbling cauldron of mystery and romance."

MTV.com
Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"[I]ntrigue, mystery, and plenty of romance."

Jennifer Anderson
Praise for the Witches of East End series:

"Fans of the New York Times bestselling YA author (Blue Bloods series) will be delighted with the next entry in her new adult series (after Witches of East End). A compelling tale of powerful magic, romance, betrayal, and suspense."

Library Journal
An ancient restriction has been lifted and Joanna, Freya, and Ingrid are free to practice magic in the sleepy town of North Hampton. Freya transforms the local tavern with pop-up drinks and special effects, while her sister Ingrid offers special "counseling services" on her lunch hour at the public library. Joanna, like most mothers, worries after her daughters and spends her spare time baking—and decoding cryptic messages from the dead. Freya's twin brother Fryr has escaped Limbo and is hiding in a local hotel. He's now claiming to be innocent of a long-ago crime. Freya will keep his location secret, but his accusations make her doubt the man closest to her heart. Ingrid wrestles with her feelings for police detective Matt Noble, and Joanna juggles a new romantic interest even as her affection for her estranged husband is rekindled. As the romance heats up, so does the mystery—and the danger. VERDICT Fans of the New York Times best-selling YA author ("Blue Bloods" series) will be delighted with the next entry in her new adult series (after Witches of East End). A compelling tale of powerful magic, romance, betrayal, and suspense.—Jennifer Anderson, Texas A&M Univ. Lib., Corpus Christi
Kirkus Reviews
Second in de la Cruz's increasingly convoluted mélange of witchcraft and Norse mythology, set in fictional North Hampton, Long Island. When we last saw Joanna Beauchamp and her witchly brood, the sacred bridge, Bofrir, had been destroyed, and the sun god, Fryr, aka Joanna's son Freddie, was blamed, because his signature trident (now missing) was found at the scene. Although it was clear then that the trickster god, Loki, was the real culprit (isn't he always?), the Valkyries consigned Freddie to Limbo, from which he has recently escaped. He's now holed up in North Hampton's no-tell motel (dubbed the Ucky Star for its missing neon letter). His twin sister, Freya, love goddess and mixologist extraordinaire at the local watering hole, is bringing Freddie food and trying to clear his name. Her boyfriend, Killian (the god Balder who is Loki's nemesis from way back), bears a trident-shaped mark--could he have framed Freddie? Joanna's oldest, Ingrid, aka hearth-deity Erda, has her own challenges: Her nascent romance with aptly named policeman Matt Noble is about to founder on her intractable virginity. Not only that, thieving pixies have invaded North Hampton, and Ingrid is hiding them in her mother's attic until she can discern how to cure their amnesia and return them to their home in another dimension. In a forest near the Beauchamp house, Joanna happens upon a burial mound and some runes. Could this be the final resting spot of a kindred spirit, hanged during the colonial witch hunts, and if so, why hasn't she been reborn, like Freya and Ingrid, who died in Salem? Only a trip back in time can solve these enigmas. In contrast to the first installment, there is very little entertaining interaction between the immortal Beauchamps and their human neighbors, and the Norse arcana is about as exciting as a romp through Tolkien's Silmarillion. Readers can, nevertheless, look forward to Book III, which promises to place the Beauchamps back in the 17th century where all their troubles began.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401323967
Publisher:
Hachette Books
Publication date:
06/12/2012
Series:
Witches of East End Series , #2
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
623,830
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.08(h) x 1.11(d)
Age Range:
18 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Melissa de la Cruz is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling series Blue Bloods, which has three million copies in print. She is a former journalist who has contributed to many publications, including Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, Allure and Marie Claire. She spent many summers on Shelter Island, which served as the inspiration for the fictional town of North Hampton. She lives in Los Angeles and Palm Springs with her family.

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The Serpent's Kiss: A Witches of East End Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Bwitchd3 More than 1 year ago
This book is as addicting as the first one. Readers will get a glimpse into the rest of the Beauchamp family, as well as gleaning a bit more info about the ins and outs of Norse mythology. The story is great fun and deals with some relevant issues, despite the witchy setting. Even though these women are centuries old, they still have things to learn about life, love, and family. Cruz uses her gift of the paranormal to charm readers and ignite their imagination. This is a series that any paranormal fan can adore.
MandyAE More than 1 year ago
Melissa De La Cruz does it again !!!! This second book is as amazing as the first. With its mystery, magic and touch of romance and sex, you get sucked into this amazing story from the first page to the last page. There are so many twists and turns in this book and the Beauchamp's learn where there loyalty and love lie but finding the balance of staying true to theirselves and their hearts desires. This book is a must read and will keep any kind of reader interested. I absolutely cannot wait for the next book to come out !!!!!
Anonymous 19 days ago
Bit of a nothing kind of book. Seems to just be a vehicle to get grom book one to book two. Little substance til the end and then it just ends in a cliffhanger. Really good writers don't have to resort to such unprofessional tricks. Stephanie Clanahan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great sequel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I waited for this second novel to be published and it was worth the wait. It was a fascinating read with mythical overtones involving the ever ongoing battle between the supernatural forces of Good and Evil with Norse overtones. I cannot wait to read the third book! Good character and plot development
missywitt More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book but not as much as the first one in the series. I just felt kind of bored with the story.
Scudfergy More than 1 year ago
This novel, Serpent's Kiss, was a great example of a sequel that pays homage to it's predecessor by being an additional piece of great work. I enjoyed the expansion of De La Cruz's universe that this novel gave, and the host of new characters that were brought into the picture and meat of the story. I felt ready for the third installation of this series before I even hit the last page, and by the final word I was sorry to have to put it down and wait till next June when 'Winds of Salem' is released. It was an engaging read, being told in the spirit of the first, from several different perspectives, all in the third person. I did feel like this book needed another two to three hundred pages to really satisfy my curiosity, and love of detail. Some things felt too rushed, or too brief, but the novel itself was considerably longer than the original, so I can only hope that the third will progress in page numbers also. I very much enjoyed all aspects of this book, and can recommend it and it's predecessor to anyone eighteen and up. While not explicit enough to be categorized as 'erotica', there are moments in these particular novels that I would withhold from younger readers. This series should be read in order, and for more light reading with great imagination in the De la Cruz style, one should read the Blue Bloods series, whose characters sometimes bump into our three new favorite Witches.
Anonymous 15 days ago
Definitely not her best work.
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BaronessBookTrove More than 1 year ago
This book is soo good. I know that I didn’t review the first book but I read the first book last year so I can’t exactly do that. But this book is soo good. It basically continues off with the end of the last book where Freddie is having Freya spy on her fiancé so that they could find his trident so that they can prove Freddie’s innocent. But in doing so we find out a whole lot of things. This book series is a lot different from the television series, that even though has the same name, is not the same as the book series. For one Ingrid isn’t the same at all. A lot of is different and that is a good a good thing. I love this book and even more so when we find out who actually took Freddie’s trident and is still around just not in the same year/time of when everyone else is. But this book is a good one and it’s just so good. I will recommended this book to everyone that has read the first book. There is one other book and I so can’t wait to read it after I get caught up. To read my other blog posts/reviews please go to my site: baronessbooktrove
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MyndiL More than 1 year ago
I liked this book even better than the first. I like the interweaving of witches and Gods from Asgard. I liked the comic ups and downs of the relationship between Ingrid and the detective. Killian is still a constant and perplexing mystery. And the pixies are some of my new favorite characters. If you're a fan of witches, Gods, paranormal, or de la Cruz's other works, you'll love this book.
Love_FantasyLit More than 1 year ago
The first book in this series was fairly interesting. This book however, backtracks. For example, all the rekindled/blossoming relationships at the end of the last book go back to square one in this one and have to be rebuilt, so you're basically reading the same storylines over again. And as in the first one, there are obvious clues that immortal witches should be in tune to, and instead they are completely clueless like the mortals in the story. Not that a story about "magic" should be believable, but the actions of the characters do not comply with their supposed past lives, experiences and collective knowledge. I actually almost didn't even finish this book because it became so uninteresting and drawn-out. I came back to it a couple weeks later, and as expected, the book as a whole was still disappointing. I honestly wouldn't recommend reading any of this series. I have a degree in English, and for once, I would say that the TV show is actually better than the books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the first book in this series, this one not so much.....Not sure if I want to read the third one
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I started reading this series because of the tv show, and I'm glad I did. It's completely different. I love that this book has its own rich history. I'm excited to read the next book!
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memere5 More than 1 year ago
Love this series! Bought the first one on clearance. Then had to have book 2, which really leaves you hungry for he next book. Had to have it now, couldn't wait for the paperback. I Collect my books. I like them all in one cover or the other, But just couldn't wait on this one. Highly recommend. Looking forward to the television series. I love Karen White novels and The Twilight series, The Outlander by Gil Adamson, The Watchers by Jon Steele Just to nam a few.
terferj More than 1 year ago
Ok so this was a little better than the last book. Nothing too exciting but it was good. The family is growing a little on me. It’s taking longer for the characters to be in my liking circle, but they’re getting there. So the long lost brother comes back and they have to prove that he innocent along with Killian. I like that the “who” that caused all this is found out until the end. Great to keep me guessing. The whole relationship between Ingrid and Matt drove me crazy. So many ups and downs but it seemed like more downs than ups. She likes him, he likes her so stop with all the silliness and keep things happy between them. That would make me happy. So yes, I’m off to read the next book. Fingers crossed that’ll I’ll like it more than these two!
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